Nearly 30,000 NHS hospital doctors are now paid at least £100,000 a year by the cash-strapped NHS, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The number of staff on six- figure salaries has risen by a quarter in five years, according to NHS Digital, the Health Service’s official statistics body.
Doctors account for more than 90 per cent of NHS staff in the six-figure club. The number of ‘professionally qualified clinical staff’ in England with total earnings over £100,000 rose from 23,835 in 2011 to a staggering 29,776 in 2016.
Doctors account for more than 90 per cent of NHS staff in the six-figure club
In addition, 2,403 managers were also paid over £100,000 last year, as were 80 people described as working in administration.
Their lavish pay contrasts with the majority of NHS salaries. Nurses and midwives earn £31,000 on average, and maintenance staff earn £17,000.
Last night, Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb said: ‘It’s a disturbing trend given the extent to which pay rates at lower levels in the NHS are being so heavily constrained through the one per cent cap.
‘I suspect there will be a sense of injustice for many that wage rates at the top appear to be increasing significantly.’
The figures mean that two-thirds of England’s 44,000 consultants now earn more than £100,000. Most do not earn that in salary alone: their pay scale starts at £76,761, and only those who have served 19 years as a consultant earn more than